History[ edit ] Style and fidelity[ edit ] While all of Stoker's major plot points are present in Dietz's adaptation, they are not presented in the same order. While the novel presents its various journal entries and letters in roughly chronological order, Jonathan Harker 's initial trip to Transylvania and his stay in Dracula's castle are presented as flashbacks in the play. Dietz' version is not campy, though the character Renfield is used to provide some comic relief. Dietz emulates Stoker's use of language, and incorporates fragments of Stoker's original dialog, both in and out of its original context.
This is the traditional tale of the famous vampire, complete with the anemic heroine, a determined Doctor Van Helsing and the fly-eating Renfield.
The publicity states that this show is a comic retelling of the classic, and it does feature a few amusing moments thanks primarily to Kerrigan Sullivan's saucy performance as Sybil. Sadly, these bright spots are overshadowed by an extremely talky script that limits the potential for dramatic momentum.
Once the character of Van Helsing appears played with assurance by Jon Cobb the endless, needless explanations of vampire lore start to drag things down. The dialogue continues to get in the way until the ham-fisted finale, which proved unintentionally funny.
Luckily, Bartley Mullin's delightfully creepy Renfield boosts the energy every time he appears. The scary moments featuring a flying bat and other surprises usually work, but there's a lot of dependence on a noisy smoke machine, which diminishes the effect.
He's assembled a good group of actors and kept them constantly moving around the stage to boost the show's energy. Frank Foster has designed a rich wooden parlor with interesting details. Maura Lynch Cravey does OK with the men's suits and Mina's gowns, but her ill-fitting dresses for Sullivan aren't flattering.
The lights by Joe Doran work well, but the strobe could be seen from my seat, which was distracting. The cast and direction had the potential for a compelling production, but the wordy script renders their efforts largely lifeless.Dracula-play Review Dracula is a penetrating look at the novel written by Bram Stoker in This is just to let you know right up front that The Stratford Festival's Dracula, is a .
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Review the classics! "Count Dracula" was adapted for the stage by Ted Tiller in from Bram Stoker's Victorian novel of gothic horror, "Dracula".
It borrows from the earlier Balderston/Deane play, the most famous of "Dracula" theatrical adaptations, on which several films and many stage productions have been based.
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